Which saddle is best?

The right saddle is a matter of personal preference. It’s one of the most important comfort factors when riding a bike and you may go through a few before you find your perfect one for each style of riding you do.

A good-quality, comfortable saddle is a very worthwhile upgrade for your bike. You’ll know when you’ve found the right one as you’ll completely forget about it while riding!

The most important thing about saddles is fit. The width of the ‘wings’ of the saddle should match the width of your ‘sit bones’ (also called ischial tuberosities) for maximum support, comfort and circulation.

Some riders like a saddle with a deep channel or cut-out down the length of the saddle for improved blood-flow. Other riders might be more comfortable on a saddle with a more traditional flat top.

Velo VL-3205 173mm Wide Saddle with Airflow Channel Velo VL-3205 173mm Wide Saddle with Airflow Channel

A harder saddle will tend to be more comfortable over longer distances and faster rides. A softer saddle might be best for shorter, more relaxed rides.

A note on super soft saddles: many people seeking the most comfortable saddle go for the biggest, thickest, most armchair-like saddle available. However, after pedalling for a while these features can actually mean a less comfortable saddle. The soft cushioning tends to immobilize your muscles and decrease blood flow to your rear end. Don’t be afraid to try a medium-firmness saddle that fits well. You may be surprised by how comfortable it feels!

 

Velo VL-2017 Saddle Velo VL-2017 Saddle

Saddles should typically be installed so the top is parallel to the ground although some riders may prefer the nose tilted up or down a few degrees to suit their shape.

At the end of the day, get a saddle that fits well, set it up correctly on your bike and you’ll never need to think about it again.

From mountain biking to getting around on your fixie, here are some suggested saddles for different styles of riding:

Road riding: Velo VL-1133U Cut-Out Saddle

Endurance road riding: Velo VL-1205 Falco Sports Saddle

Climbing: Velo VL-1200U Lightweight Saddle

Fixies and urban bikes: Velo Studded Fixie Saddle

Commuters and hybrids: Velo VL-2107 Road Saddle

Mountain bikes: Velo VL-3126F Basic Saddle

Cruisers and comfort bikes: Velo VL-3205 Comfort Saddle

Vintage and classic bikes: Reid Vintage Sprung Saddle

-  Alexander Hender from Tenax Ride